The brothers and sisters of the Sower of Light and Life Church – Patacamaya, Bolivia
On the 12th of January I read “If you wait for everything to be perfect before you take that step for the Lord, you will never accomplish anything.” On the 13th of January I found out that the Lord had been preparing me to take that step…or should I say leap?
We arrived in Patacamaya to look at a small building we could use for the Church. Until this time we were using a dark, damp, garage/storage room for our church and it was really becoming too small. Pastor Juan told us he had found a good place.
When we arrived we were surprised to discover that the building was large and perfect for not only the church but for the Bible Institute as well. And the price was just what we were looking for. The main floor has a kitchen, an eating room and a small foyer. Upstairs are 5 rooms and a bathroom. In addition, downstairs are two rooms that open to the street and can be used as storefronts. We also discovered that the brothers and sisters had chosen a name for the church; Luz y Vida el Sembrador (Sower of Light and Life). It is interesting to note that Patacayama means “100 Dead” and the brethren have chosen a name that means LIFE!
Watch this short video (minute and a half) showing the building…our amazing gift from God!
We are excited to begin discipleship classes next Saturday, February 21, 2014. We will have a 12 week discipleship program. Week 6 will include baptisms and week 7 we will be serving the Lord’s Supper for the first time. What this means is that we will be baptizing on Palm Sunday and having first communion on the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday. Please pray for the brothers and sisters as they take on this commitment to learn and to grown in faith.
In June, we hope to begin classes at El Camino de Nueva Vida (The Way of New Life Bible Institute). The name has been selected based on Acts 24:14-15 “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way…I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets having a hope in God…that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.”
The building is located in front of the big stadium where all the soccer matches are played and in front of the weekly farmers market. There is a lot of foot traffic and visibility. We believe this will be a great location to reach the community of Patacamaya.
Thanks for your prayers and generous giving. We are doing this great work of God together!